The transformation of Midland has reached another milestone with the adoption of design guidelines for redevelopment sites in the town centre.
As the new, amalgamated Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) swings into action, these guidelines set the vision and development framework for the Midland Health Campus, The Workshops, Railway Square and Platingshop Terrace.
MRA Chief Executive Officer Tony Morgan said the documents provide guidance on key design elements including access and connection, heritage, streetscapes and activation, environmental design and open space.
“The adoption of design guidelines for the Midland Health Campus will help facilitate the delivery of a first-class medical and health precinct that is welcoming, inclusive and focused on pedestrian movement through the area,” Mr Morgan said.
“It is important for this major development to incorporate quality urban design and architecture, while also respecting the values of the surrounding heritage buildings,” Mr Morgan said.
The new health campus is located on an eight hectare site adjacent to the former Midland Railway Workshops. Late last year, the State Government named St John of God Health Care Inc as the preferred respondent to deliver and operate the campus under a public-private partnership. Construction is due to start by mid-2012.
The Workshops are the core of the Midland project area and apply to the land bounded by Wallsend Road, Yelverton Drive, Centennial Place and the Helena River Foreshore reserve. Design guidelines have also been adopted for The Workshops and the Railway Square and Platingshop Terrace sites.
Mr Morgan said The Workshops redevelopment would celebrate the heritage-listed icon and create a new urban village with a mix of residential, commercial, health, education and creative industry uses.
“When complete, Railway Square will be a vibrant and dynamic civic place in the heart of The Workshops, providing a major gathering and festival space that incorporates restaurants, shops, bars and cafes with alfresco dining.”
“The next phase of redevelopment in Midland will give the region not just the medical facilities it needs, but also new employers and job opportunities.”
Copies of the guidelines are available online and from the MRA's office, Railway Institute Building, cnr Helena Street and Yelverton Drive, Midland between 8:30am and 5:00pm on weekdays.
The revitalisation of Midland is one of a number of projects being undertaken by the new Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA), which was formed by the merger of the four redevelopment authorities of East Perth, Subiaco, Midland and Armadale.